The exuberant, exhilarating photographs of dogs underwater that have become a sensation
From the water’s surface, it’s a simple exercise: a dog’s leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant.
But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. From leaping Lab to diving Dachshund, the water is where a dog’s distinct personality shines through; some lounge in the current, paddling slowly, but others arch their bodies to cut through the water with the focus and determination of a shark.
In more than eighty portraits, award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel captures new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most loveable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.
“Alternately gorgeous and terrifying, but always visually sumptuous.” — Entertainment Weekly
“It’s impossible to look at Underwater Dogs without smiling…. A delight-inducing book.” — BookPage
“If you’re as much of a sucker for great animal photos as I am, you’ll love this different take on man’s best friend.” — Melanie Stetson Freeman, Christian Science Monitor
“Award-winning photographer Casteel captures his range of subjects with great affection and the variety of expressions and acrobatic poses will keep you chuckling for hours.” — The Daily Mail
“Now we know exactly what to put on our holiday wish list!” — pawnation.com
“… it’s the gleeful images of dogs plunging into swimming pools, chomping after their favorite toys, that have put Casteel on the map as one of this country’s premier – and innovative – pet photographers.” — petsugar.com
“Photographer Seth Casteel has done an unimaginable thing: he’s created an entire photography book of dogs from an underwater perspective, and the photos are simply stunning…. Casteel is not only an animal lover but also an animal rescuer, and his genuine love of dogs shines through in his work.” — Babble Pets
“Dogs expressing their graceful and goofy selves while swimming.” — vetstreet.com
Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer with a passion for working with animals. His series of underwater dog photographs have brought him worldwide attention, entertaining and bewildering millions of animal lovers. As an established member of the animal rescue community, Seth has been recognized by TIME Magazine, The Today Show, and The Humane Society of the United States for his efforts, and his underwater dog photographs have been featured in The New York Times, on Animal Planet, and in hundreds of other outlets.
He is based in Los Angeles and Chicago and is the proud “dad” to two dogs, Nala the mini-labradoodle and Fritz, the Norwich Terrier.
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